Updated on 09/15/2011 2:19PM

Sport Page a consolation prize for Lukas pair


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer D. Wayne Lukas pre-entered Yonaguska and Snow Ridge in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, but his horses did not draw into the Sprint, so they have ended up in Saturday's $100,000-added Sport Page Handicap on the undercard.

Seven sprinters entered the 6 1/2-furlong Sport Page, a Grade 3 race, which will be run about 40 minutes before the first Breeders' Cup race, the $2 million Distaff.

Lukas's runners, the only 3-year-olds in the field, are uncoupled in the wagering.

Yonaguska, a $1.95 million 2-year-old purchase, finished third in the Grade 2 Forest Hills here on Oct. 7 in his first race since April. Lukas was so encouraged by the effort that he pre-entered Yonaguska in the Sprint.

Before Lukas found out he wouldn't get into the Sprint with Yonaguska, he said, "He got something out of [the Forest Hills] even if he didn't have the best trip. He's got a tightener over this track and he's coming in there fresh."

Lukas labeled Snow Ridge, who defeated top sprinter City Zip in the Kentucky Cup Sprint in September, "a blue-collar horse. On any given day, he's pretty damn tough."

Snow Ridge last ran in the Phoenix at Keeneland and finished fifth as the favorite after dueling for the lead.

"It was a horrible trip," Lukas said.

Chris McCarron rides Yonaguska, who drew post 7. Pat Day is aboard Snow Ridge from post 2.

- Karen M. Johnson

Early start for Pletcher

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who runs two horses in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, hopes to get his day off to a successful start when he sends out Graeme Hall in the $100,000, Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap. The Stuyvesant is the first race on the 10-race card.

Although he was talented enough to have won the Arkansas Derby and Jim Dandy as a 3-year-old, Graeme Hall has been somewhat inconsistent, having never won two consecutive races. He is coming off a front-running six-length victory in a classified allowance race here on Oct. 7, his first start since finishing last in the Grade 2 Stephen Foster in June.

Graeme Hall surprised Pletcher with the strength of his comeback victory.

"It was an interesting race," he said. "They went slow fractions early and he was full of run the whole way. He's trained super since and seems to have come out of it in great shape. I think he'll run well."

In that allowance race, Graeme Hall dueled early with Cat's at Home, who backed up to fourth, and who is back in the Stuyvesant. There could be more speed in this race, with Open Sesame and Burning Marque in the field, leaving Graeme Hall and Cat's at Home to stalk the pace.

Country Be Gold and Postponed figure to try and catch the front-runners late.

- David Grening

Guided Tour sold

Guided Tour, who will run in Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park, was sold this week to the Fustok brothers' Buckram Oak Farm, according to Morton Fink, the majority partner in Guided Tour.

Fink, reached Thursday morning at his office in Chicago, said Guided Tour would run Saturday listed as jointly owned by Buckram Oak and Fink, and would race in Fink's colors. But Fink would not elaborate on details of the transaction beyond Saturday, though it is assumed Buckram Oak would take possession of the 5-year-old gelding.

"There's a chance that would happen," Fink said.

Niall O'Callaghan, who trains Guided Tour, said he believed the Fustoks, Mahmoud and Mustafa, acquired Guided Tour with an eye on the King's Cup, a prestigious race open solely to horses owned by the ruling family of Saudi Arabia. That race is early next year.

Buckram Oak has a farm near Lexington, Ky.

Guided Tour has won 12 of 29 starts and $1,884,253.

- Jay Privman

New York next for Harty

Trainer Eoin Harty said he plans to maintain a string of horses for Godolphin Racing in New York next summer, most likely beginning with the Saratoga meet.

Two years ago, Harty brought a string of juveniles for Godolphin to California. This year, Harty expanded to Arlington. Although he will maintain horses in those two states again next year, Harty believes there are more opportunities for his horses in New York.

"I'm definitely coming here next year if I get the stalls," Harty said."It's hard to get the races to go in California. You get one shot per week and I end up with two horses in each race. I picked up a [Saratoga] condition book and saw eight maiden 2-year-old races. That right there is motivation enough."

- David Grening

Plenty of props

William Hill, the British bookmaking company, is offering several prop bets on Saturday's Breeders' Cup races.

William Hill has a bet on which jockey will have the most wins. Europe's Frankie Dettori and California's Victor Espinoza are co-favorites at 9-4. They are followed by Jerry Bailey (5-2), Mick Kinane (11-2), Edgar Prado (12-1), John Velazquez (16-1), Gary Stevens (20-1), and Alex Solis, Corey Nakatani and Chris McCarron at 25-1. The other riders, as a field, are 33-1.

Bobby Frankel has six starters on the Breeders' Cup program, including three morning-line favorites. Hill offers a bet at 13-8 that Frankel will not win a race, and 4-9 that he will have one winner.

There also is a bet on the number of winners for the Europeans. A bet on no wins would yield 4-1, and is followed by 9-4 for one win, 2-1 for two, 3-1 on three, 12-1 on four, and 33-1 on five or more winners.

- Steve Andersen